Irish Para Report Card on physical activity of children and adolescents with disabilities

Kwok Ng, Sean Healy, Wesley O'Brien, Lauren Rodriguez, Marie H Murphy, Angela Carlin

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For the first time, data on children and adolescents with disabilities in Ireland are reported based on the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance Para Report Card methodology. The most recent data from the last 10 years were used in the grading process (A+ to F), and indicators with insufficient data were graded as incomplete. Of the 10 indicators from the Global Matrix Para Report Cards, grades were assigned to Overall Physical Activity (F), Organized Sport (D), Active Transport (D−), Sedentary Behaviors (D−), Family & Peers (C), School (C−), Community & Environment (B−), and Government (B). Irish disability sport organizations were invited to assess the research-led audit and provided commentary around the final grading. The contextual discussion of the grades is presented through the lens of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats with the purpose being to provide direction for the reduction of physical activity disparities among children with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-512
Number of pages9
JournalAdapted Physical Activity Quarterly
Issue number3
Early online date18 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished online - 18 Nov 2022


  • youth
  • disability
  • special education
  • policy
  • adolescent
  • child
  • disabled persons
  • exercise
  • health policy
  • health promotion
  • humans
  • sports


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